Penang is ‘becoming Less Green’

Penang is ‘becoming Less Green’

It seems that not a week goes by without yet more revelations, or at least claims, that there is continued land clearing on Penang, presenting an ever graver threat to the island’s scenic but fragile ecosystem. Sadly, this week is no different. According to Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, vice-president of he…

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

In a move that shocked environmentalists around the world, President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an accord that was adopted by 196 countries worldwide in an effort to moderate their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate change manageable. The US’s withdrawal has…

Forest City in Johor comes under Fire from ex-PM Mahathir

Forest City in Johor comes under Fire from ex-PM Mahathir

Let its developers tell you, and the mega-project Forest City in Johor will be a paragon of eco-friendliness and social amity. Critics, however, will retort that the development will be nothing of the sort. A joint venture between China’s Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd and a Johor state-owned investment firm,…

A Healthy Environment should be a Right for all Malaysians, says CJ

A Healthy Environment should be a Right for all Malaysians, says CJ

Living in a clean and healthy environment should not just be a bonus for Malaysians. It should be a constitutional right. So says the nation’s Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, who has recommended adding “the right to a clean environment” to the list of liberties to which all Malaysian citizens are entitled. “While our…

Two Environmentalists are arrested for ‘Insulting’ Facebook Post. For Shame!

Two Environmentalists are arrested for ‘Insulting’ Facebook Post. For Shame!

Whatever you say or do in Malaysia, do not “insult” the high and mighty. This is a lesson that two environmentalists have just learned. Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, president of Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka), and Norhayati Shahrom, the nonprofit’s administrator, were detained by police for allegedly making disparaging comments…

Wildlife Crime: an ‘Existential Threat’

Wildlife Crime: an ‘Existential Threat’

Wildlife crimes and corruption routinely go hand in hand. For starters, without certain officials willing to turn a blind eye to rampant trafficking (for kickbacks and other rewards), traffickers would have a much harder time. But the problem can go much deeper than that. A pervasive culture of bribery, money laundering and institutionalized…

Investing in the Environment is a Must

Investing in the Environment is a Must

To protect Malaysia’s wildlife and environment, you have to invest in them. That is the gist of a call by Dionysius Sharma, who is executive director and CEO of WWF-Malaysia, on the country’s government. “Fiscal measures need to be put in place to assist the State governments in setting aside forests…

World’s Poorest nations are set to become ‘Climate Pioneers’

World’s Poorest nations are set to become ‘Climate Pioneers’

One of the ironies of climate change is that the better we live, the worse the world’s prospects become. That is because our modern lifestyles in industrialized societies still require the burning of plenty of fossil fuels. Here’s another irony: the more poorer nations become prosperous, the worse it will get for…

Palm Oil Politics Strike Again

Palm Oil Politics Strike Again

As legislative reversals go, this one was a biggie. French legislators planned to impose a punitive tax on palm oil products from leading producers like Malaysia and Indonesia as part of a new biodiversity law. The planned tax – dubbed the Nutella Tax (after the famous chocolate spread, which contains plenty of…

Najib touts Malaysia’s CO2 Successes

Najib touts Malaysia’s CO2 Successes

Malaysia is among the world’s leading nations when it comes to reductions in greenhouse gases. If, that is, Prime Minister Najib Razak is correct … or to be believed. The country, he says, has achieved a 35% reduction in its greenhouse gases by the end of last year and is…

Sarawak Trees have been ‘building’ Homes in a desert in Arizona

Sarawak Trees have been ‘building’ Homes in a desert in Arizona

Proceeds from the sale of trees felled in the forests of Borneo may have been used to build shiny new homes within gated communities for Americans in the desert of Arizona, in the United States, charges Sarawak Report. “[W]e have discovered that it is here,” writes the investigative news website…

Can Adenan Save Sarawak’s Forests? Will He?

Can Adenan Save Sarawak’s Forests? Will He?

Since he came into office two years ago Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has made all the right moves and noises about conservationism. He has decried the “desecration” of Borneo’s extraordinary biodiversity; promised decisive action against illegal loggers; and recently scrapped plans for a controversial new dam on the Baram…